Originally posted November 16th 2014
System: Wii U (eShop)
Release date: 11/6/2014
The main game/story
Tired of art academy for being too thin, and want something a bit more vibrant? SDK Paint is for you then, as it does just as advertised, and that is letting you paint.
I would have made this review organized like the KORG DSN-12 review, except there’s a small part in this game you can actually control, and that is the interactive gallery. It looks pretty basic, like something out of The Letter, but luckily for this app, it gets the job done, allowing you to walk around a neat mini museum to see your artwork.
The menus on the other hand are quite a mess. Most of the time you’ll just be trying every button on the screen to see what does what, and when you finally know what to do, you can start making some basic drawings. Better organization for the menus would have helped a lot.
There are no tutorials in this application. At all. It just throws you in and expect you to know what button does what. While it’s pretty simple to draw normally, using the other complex tools can take a while to get used to, and as of this review I still haven’t found anything similar to one of those straight line tools you see on most paint programs, even when looking through the digital manual. That being said, some people on the miiverse community have made impressive pieces of art with this application, and even I, with my abysmal drawing skills made something decent, so it at least works.
In conclusion, SDK paint does just as advertised. You can paint using the tools provided, and share them online via the very handy share button in the main menu. However, it’s pretty basic, and even though some future Wii U games will use it to allow players to make their own textures, along with many free updates coming soon, it still seems like just another ordinary paint application. For the price, however, it’s a good value, so it’s not like you’ll lose a lot of money if you end up not liking it. For those who want something like Colors 3D on their Wii U, then this is the application for you. I give SDK Paint a 6 out of 10
Thanks to Hullbreach Studio for the review code.